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Unmanned Aircraft Systems - UAS

Enabling America’s Next Generation of Aviation Vehicles

30th Annual FAA Aviation Forecast Conference

Washington, DC

March 18, 2005

the trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before we re ready for it

“The trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before we’re ready for it.”

Arnold H. Glasow


creating the future
Creating the Future

When asked, “To what point do you think airplanes will be developed?”

“There is no way of telling. Things are moving too fast. No one can predict where it will end.”

Orville Wright, January 1938 – Celebration in his honor on the 34th anniversary of the first flight.

UAS’s are Experiencing Similar

Growth as Early Aviation

two uas perspectives
Two UAS Perspectives

Viewed as a Disruptive Technology


A Positive Step in the Evolution of Aeronautics

  • Radar
  • Jet propulsion
  • GPS
  • ?Unmanned flight?
a glimpse of the future a part of the aviation revolution unlimited applications
A Glimpse of the Future A Part of the Aviation RevolutionUnlimited Applications
  • Military/Security
    • Defense
  • Civil
    • Defense
    • Natural Disasters
    • Humanitarian Relief
  • Science
    • Environment
    • Weather & Storm Tracking
  • Commercial
    • Wireless Communications
    • Precision Agriculture
    • Cargo Transport

Dull, Dirty, Dangerous Missions

unmanned aircraft system
Unmanned Aircraft System

A System – Not limited to an Aircraft


a global challenge uas access to civil airspace
A Global Challenge:UAS Access to Civil Airspace
  • Managing Expectations
    • Domestic
    • International
  • Creating an Environment of Trust
  • Making Positive Progress
  • Making Communications and Collaborations Effective
  • Outreach to Stakeholders
uas assumptions
UAS Assumptions
  • UAVs will need access to the NAS comparable to manned aircraft.
  • DoD and DHS) will be first major UAS operators in the NAS.
  • FAA must be alert to new challenges posed by small UAVs operating in increasing numbers at very low altitudes.
  • FAA should lead discussions with foreign airspace authorities to ensure global airspace harmonization and interoperability.

Source UNTF Report 10-22-04


UAV Altitude/Classification




Global Hawk


Heron 2

Predator B






Heron 1

Predator A


Eagle Eye, Fire scout, Hunter, Pioneer






Endurance (hours)

significant increases in uav operations in the national airspace system are inevitable
Significant Increases in UAV Operations inthe National Airspace System are Inevitable
  • Routine access into US civil managed airspace is necessary to fulfill operational and economic potential
  • Significant increase in domestic UAS flight operations are feasible and expected
  • UASs support societal needs, including security, defense and civil applications
  • Technological advances will produce less expensive UASs
  • Increasing public awareness and acceptance of UASs

Source UNTF Report 10-22-04

uas operations in the nas
UAS Operations in the NAS
  • High Altitude UAS’s will have Minimal Impact on Manned Aircraft Operations.
  • Medium Altitude UAS’s Will Share the Same Airspace as Most Manned Civil Transports and Military Aircraft.
  • Low Altitude UAS’s Will Share Airspace with Smaller Manned Aircraft, Including Helicopters.
  • Large Numbers of Very Low Altitude UAS’s

Source UNTF Report 10-22-04

federal aviation act of 1958
Federal Aviation Act of 1958
  • Directs FAA as the “single manager” of the National Airspace System (NAS) to develop and operate a common system of air traffic control and navigation for both civil and military aircraft.
  • Control the use of navigable airspace of the US and regulate both civil and military operations in such airspace in the interest of the safety and efficiency of both.
access 5 partnership
Access 5 Partnership


Aurora Flight Sciences


General Atomics

Northrop Grumman

Lockheed Martin

fundamental issues
Fundamental Issues
  • Programmatic
    • Aircraft Airworthiness
    • Civil Certification
      • Aircraft
      • Operators
      • Air Traffic Management (ATM)
    • Standards
  • Regulatory
  • Preservation of the Safety and Sanctity of the NAS
    • FAA Acceptance
    • ICAO Acceptance
  • Political – How to Manage the Transition
    • U.S.
    • International
funded plan focus on steps 1 and 2
Funded PlanFocus on Steps 1 and 2









Current Funded Effort



Establish Type

Certification Basis





Routine Operations Above FL 180 Through C, D, E Airspace

Emergency to ROA




Routine Operations Above FL 180 Through C, D, E Airspace



Routine Operations Above FL 180 Through Restricted Airspace


Routine Operations Above FL 400 Through Restricted Airspace

Achieve Routine Access in the NAS for HALE ROA

overview of activities in fy04
Overview of Activities in FY04
  • Secured major funding commitment for Steps 1 and 2
    • $101 million by NASA; $36 million by industry
  • Fostered critical relationships for Project engagement
    • Established vital relationships with government and current NAS users (e.g., FAA, DoD, DHS, JPDO, ALPA, AOPA, ATCA,NATCA)
    • UNITE Companies & NASA Sign Joint Sponsored Research Agreement - JSRA
    • Participate on RTCA Special Committee 203/
    • UAS Standards
rtca special committee 203
RTCA Special Committee 203

"RTCA has established Special Committee 203 (SC-203) at the request of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Federal Aviation Administration. The committee will initially focus on developing recommendations that will assure the safe operation of UAVs within the National Airspace System.”

  • Requested by AOPA
  • Supported by the FAA
  • Industry/Government Participation
    • Manufacturers, operators, agencies
rtca sc 203 terms of reference
RTCA SC 203 Terms of Reference
  • The initial Terms of Reference (TOR) for SC-203 call for three initial products to be generated, as follows:
    • Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
      • Due date -- December 2005.
    • MASPS for Command, Control and Communication (C3) Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
      • Due date -- June 2006.
    • MASPS for Sense and Avoid (SA) Systems for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
      • Due date -- December 2007.
rtca special committee 203 goals and objectives
RTCA Special Committee 203 Goals and Objectives
  • Support Industry’s and Government’s desire to operate Unmanned Aircraft (UA) in the National Airspace System (NAS)
  • Ensure Standards are developed that are useable in certifying UA systems, while maintaining safety and efficiency of the NAS.
  • Ensure International continuity.
  • We have embarked on a historical project that will define the safe integration of UAS’s into the NAS
  • We represent the rounded mix of necessary experts from industry, government and all segments of aviation that has been assembled to plan for this challenging task.
  • This is a Global challenge

We are the pioneers,

it is up to us